Trump expects to meet Kim after Hanoi

US President Donald Trump is predicting further meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
US President Donald Trump is predicting further meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

US President Donald Trump says he expects to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again after their planned summit next week in Hanoi.

Speaking at the White House, Trump says he would like to remove sanctions on North Korea, but that he needs to see Pyongyang make a move first on denuclearisation.

"I don't think this will be the last meeting by any chance," Trump said on Wednesday.

The United States has been demanding North Korea give up its nuclear weapons program, which threatens the US.

North Korea has been insisting on the lifting of US-led sanctions, a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War and security guarantees.

Trump has been eager for the February 27-28 summit in Vietnam, even though a first meeting in Singapore in June produced only vague commitments from Kim and little concrete progress since.

"I think they want to do something. We'll see what happens," Trump said, adding that he would need to see "meaningful" progress from the other side before making any changes to the US sanctions.

On Tuesday, Trump had reiterated that he wants North Korea to end its nuclear program, but added that he is in no rush and had no pressing time schedule for Pyongyang.

Australian Associated Press